Dr Ellen J. Helsper
Ellen Helsper is a Lecturer in Media and Communications at the LSE. At the OII she was responsible for the design, analysis and coordination of the Oxford Internet Surveys (OxIS) and World Internet Project (WIP) Surveys.
Ellen Helsper obtained her MSc degree in media psychology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands in 1998. During the following 5 years she worked in Chile as an associate researcher for the Social Psychology and Media and Communications Departments at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica (PUC). She was involved in designing and analysing the first public opinion poll about the military coup in Chile and the effect of media framing on opinions towards the events on the day of the coup. Other projects she was involved in looked at the relation between fear of crime and media exposure in disadvantaged neighbourhoods, the importance of news anchors in television viewers' everyday lives and the introduction of cable television and broadband internet into Chilean society. Simultaneously she worked in the commercial sector for Adimark and OMD as a media research consultant working on projects in relation to image management of broadcast personalities and general media market research.
After that she worked in New York and Mexico for OMD USA as a Latin American Audience researcher, looking amongst other things at the distribution and popularity of sports viewing around the world. She joined the LSE as a doctoral researcher in 2003 and was involved in the UK Kids Online Project which examined at children's and their parent's internet use and attitudes. While she was working on her PhD she did consultancy work for OSSWatch (Oxford University), Ofcom, the BBC and Plan International. The outputs of this consultancy work ranged from reports on the impact of R18 rated and food advertising material on young people to the use of Open Source Software in higher education and the evaluation of journalist training programmes in post-conflict areas.
In 2007 she obtained a PhD in Media and Communications with a thesis bearing the title: 'Internet Use amongst teenagers: Social inclusion, self-confidence and group identity'. This was followed by a position as Survey Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII, University of Oxford). There she managed and analysed the biennial Oxford Internet Surveys (OxIS), the UK partner in the World Internet Project. She was responsible for designing and analysing the 2007 and 2009 surveys. She also worked on developing a research framework and project on the role of the Internet in intimate relationships through the 'Me, My Spouse and the Internet' project.
Ellen Helsper is now a lecturer in the Media and Communications Department of the LSE with a specialisation in Quantitative Media Research. Her current research interests include the links between digital and social exclusion; mediated interpersonal communication; and methodological developments in media research. She is an Academic Advisor and Associate Lecturer at the Media and Communications Department of the PUC in Chile and a Research Associate at the OII. She has further held the roles of Specialist Advisor on Digital Inclusion for the Welsh Affairs Committee and External Examiner for the Institute of Arts, Design and Technology in Dublin.
media literacy, interpersonal interactions online, disadvantaged social groups, everyday life, methodology, media engagement, digital divides
Positions held at the OII
- Research Associate, September 2009 -
- Survey Research Fellow, February 2007 - June 2009
- Helsper, E.J. (2010) Gendered Internet Use Across Generations and Life Stages. Communication Research 37 (3) 352-374.
- Helsper, E.J. and Eynon, R. (2009) Digital Natives: Where is the evidence? British Educational Research Journal 36 (3) 503-520.
- Helsper, E. (2008) Internet Use and Opinion Formation in Countries with Different ICT Contexts. Observatorio 6: 121-149.
- Livingstone, S. and Helsper, E.J. (2007) Taking risks when communicating on the internet: The role of offline social-psychological factors in young people's vulnerability to online risks. Information, Communication & Society 10 (5) 619-644.
- Livingstone, S. and Helsper, E.J. (2007) Gradations in digital inclusion: Children, young people and the digital divide. New Media & Society 9 (4) 671-696.
- Livingstone, S. and Helsper, E.J. (2006) Does Advertising Literacy Mediate the Effects of Advertising on Children? A Critical Examination of Two Linked Research Literatures in Relation to Obesity and Food Choice. Journal of Communication 56 (3) 560-584.
- Livingstone, S., Bober, M. and Helsper, E.J. (2005) Active participation or just more information? Young people's take up of opportunities to act and interact on the internet. Information, Communication & Society 8 (3) 287-314.
- Helsper, E.J. and Galacz, A. (2009) The links between digital engagement and social inclusion in Europe. In: A.Cheong and G.Cardoso (eds) World Wide Internet: Changing Societies, Economies and Cultures.
- Eynon, R. and Helsper, E. (2009) Digital natives: Who are they and what do they look like? CAL '09: Learning in Digital Worlds, Brighton, UK, 23-25 March 2009.
- Helsper, E.J. (2008) Trust and the Internet: Experience technology or certainty trough models? ECREA Conference, Barcelona, November 2008.
- Helsper, E.J. (2008) Gendered Internet Use across Generations and Life Stages in the UK. AOIR Conference, Copenhagen, October 2008.
- Helsper, E. (2008) Researching Trends in Internet Use. Information Systems Research Forum, London School of Economics, 12 February 2008.
- Helsper, E. (2008) Perceptions of Security and Risks on the Internet: Experience and Learned Levels of Trust. IT Security in Practice Conference, Aarhus University, 24 January 2008.
- Helsper, E.J. (2008) Digital Literacy: Different Cultures Different Understandings. November, International Digital Literacy Conference, Brunel University, UK.
- Helsper, E. (2007) Social Exclusion and Digital Disengagement: Issues of Policy, Theory and Measurement. The Links between Digital Disengagement and Social Exclusion, OxIS workshop, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, 4 October 2007.
- Helsper, E. (2007) Digital Differences: Gender and Lifestage. Presented at the OxIS 2007 Report Launch, Oxford Internet Institute, 24 July 2007.
- Dutton, W.H., Helsper, E.J. and Gerber, M.M. (2009) Oxford Internet Survey 2009 Report: The Internet in Britain. Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.
- Helsper, E.J. (2008) Digital Inclusion: An Analysis of Social Disadvantage and the Information Society. Department for Communities and Local Government.
- Dutton, W.H. and Helsper, E.J. (2007) Oxford Internet Survey 2007 Report: The Internet in Britain. Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.
- Helsper, E.J. (2006) Open Source Software in Higher Educational Institutions in the UK: A Report on the 2006 Survey. OSS Watch: Oxford University Computing Services, University of Oxford.
- Helsper, E.J., Dutton, W. and Gerber, M. (2008) To Be a Network Society: A Cross-National Perspective on the Internet in Britain. Oxford Internet Institute Research Report No. 17, University of Oxford.
- Dutton, W.H., Helsper, E.J., Whitty, M.T., Buckwalter, G. and Lee, E. (2008) Mate Selection in the Network Society: The Role of the Internet in Reconfiguring Marriages in Australia, the United Kingdom and United States.
Recorded: 7 April 2008 Duration: 00:38:11
A discussion of intimate relationships and online social networks, covering intimate relationships and online social networks: 'Netiquette within Married Couples' and 'Stalking 2.0. Social Networking and Privacy: Incompatible Ideas?'.
Recorded: 7 April 2008 Duration: 01:06:40
A discussion of businesses and online social networks, covering businesses and online social networks: 'Social networking and business practice: telecoms industry case study' and 'Social software in a hard world' and 'Wikipedia'.
Recorded: 11 October 2005 Duration: 00:42:13
Discussion of key issues of children's Internet use identified by survey research. Interviews with children and parents provide high quality data to address major controversies surrounding the opportunities and risks of Internet use by children.